Balkan Discovery - Budapest to Bucharest

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The Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest - Westbound

1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Bucharest, 8-Night Danube Cruise Fetesti to Budapest, 2 Night Hotel Accommodation in Budapest

AVL Balkan Discovery

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Bucharest to Budapest (WOBB) - 11 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Bucharest to Budapest (WOBB)

Day 1: Bucharest, Romania

Welcome to Bucharest—the “Paris of the East”

The day is yours to relax and enjoy Bucharest. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafés, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.

Day 2: Bucharest - Fetesti (Embarkation)

Beautiful Boulevards and Bold History

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour of the Romanian capital city of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe—honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square—the scene of the city’s 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Travel to Fetesti to board your Suite Ship® this afternoon.

In Fetesti:

Your Balkan Adventure Begins

Explore your Suite Ship® this evening and enjoy a dinner on board.

DISCOVERY: After dinner, attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the Danube Delta.


(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: St. Gheorge

A Mighty River’s Entrance into the Sea

Choose your excursion:

CLASSIC: Join a small-boat Guided Tour of the best preserved of Europe’s deltas-2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands.

DISCOVERY: Enjoy a Special Celebration to mark Kilometer “0”—the end of the Danube River’s 2,845 km journey—from the source in the Black Forest to its delta into the Black Sea.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Cernavoda

Romanian Commerce and Cultural Legacies on the Black Sea

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour to Constanta, the most important commercial center in Romania, situated on the Black Sea. Visit the Natural History and Archeological Museum to discover the history of early Romanian cultures.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Rousse, Bulgaria

Fortresses and Fountains in Bulgaria’s “Little Vienna”

Choose your excursion:

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria’s largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church


ACTIVE: Go for an Active Jog through the park with your Adventure Host.

Sail to Svistov

CLASSIC: Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Târnovo—with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi. Later, join your ship in Svistov.

This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.


Day 6: Vidin

Rocks and Ruins—Things of Beauty in Bulgaria

CLASSIC: Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Donji Milanovac, Serbia - Iron Gates Gorge

Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates

Before lunch on board, you’ll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge—forming a natural border between Serbia and Romania.

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir—an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Belgrade

Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present

CLASSIC: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade—where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge—and see the city’s many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava, one of the world’s largest Orthodox churches.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided Biking tour or spend free time in Belgrade exploring Knez Mihailova Street—Belgrade’s central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafés, shops, and cultural spots.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9:Osijek, Croatia

History and Culture of Croatia

Choose your excursion:

CLASSIC: Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the Croatian city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvrđa, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.

DISCOVERY: Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.

This afternoon you might join an OPTIONAL Guided Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopački rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Mohács, Hungary

Underground Tombs and Soaring Music

Start the day with a Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host.

CLASSIC: Take a Guided Tour to nearby Pécs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You’ll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Budapest (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing


  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

Departure Dates

Start City

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin.

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Bucharest (WOB)
Program Start Date
Cruise Embarkation Date (in Fetesti)

Cat. E - Lower Deck w/ fixed windows

Cat. D - Lower deck w/ fixed windows
Cat. B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Cat, A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony
Cat. P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony
Suite -
Upper Deck
w/ french balcony
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 21, 2020
May 18, 2020
May 19, 2020
Jun 2, 2020
Jun 3, 2020
Artistry II


Jun 15, 2020
Jun 16, 2020


Jul 13, 2020
Jul 14, 2020
Aug 10, 2020
Aug 11, 2020
Sep 7, 2020
Sep 8, 2020
Oct 5, 2020
Oct 6, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Artistry II
MPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges: Additional $234 per passenger.
For Singe Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

Transfers at Start/End of the Program are available for purchase. Inquire for details.

Prices Include:

• 7 nights Cruise from Budapest to Oltenita (or reverse) in selected cabin category
• Full board meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions, Welcome and Farewell dinners
• 2019 Departures Only: 2 nights deluxe hotel accommodation in Budapest at InterContinental (or similar; hotel subject to change) with buffet breakfast
• 1 night deluxe hotel accommodation in Bucharest at Anthenee Palace Hilton (or similar; hotel subject to change) with buffet breakfast
• Daily guided sightseeing program with Certified Local Guides
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; soft drinks with lunch; and regional wine, beer, or soft drinks with dinner are included daily on board your vessel
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, artisans, entertainers,and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Personal expenses

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